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La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company Announces Financial Results for the Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2020

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La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company (Nasdaq: LJPC), which is dedicated to the development and commercialization of innovative therapies that improve outcomes in patients suffering from life-threatening diseases, today announced financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020.

On July 28, 2020, La Jolla completed its acquisition of Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Tetraphase), a biopharmaceutical company focused on commercializing its novel tetracycline, XERAVATM (eravacycline), to treat serious and life-threatening infections, for $43 million in upfront cash plus potential future cash payments of up to $16 million. Financial results for periods ending September 30, 2020 and beyond include Tetraphase’s financial results subsequent to the acquisition closing date of July 28, 2020.

For the three months ended September 30, 2020, GIAPREZA U.S. net sales were $7.2 million, up 24% from the three months ended June 30, 2020 and up 26% from the three months ended September 30, 2019. For the nine months ended September 30, 2020, GIAPREZA U.S. net sales were $20.6 million, up 30% from the same period in 2019.

Subsequent to July 28, 2020 and through September 30, 2020, XERAVA U.S. net sales were $1.9 million. For the three months ended September 30, 2020, XERAVA U.S. net sales were $2.7 million, up 80% from the three months ended June 30, 2020 and up 170% from the three months ended September 30, 2019. For the nine months ended September 30, 2020, XERAVA U.S. net sales were $5.9 million, up 181% from the same period in 2019.

La Jolla’s net loss for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 was $11.8 million and $35.9 million, or $0.43 and $1.32 per share, respectively, compared to $29.2 million and $91.3 million, or $1.08 per share and $3.37 per share, respectively, for the same periods in 2019.

As of September 30, 2020, La Jolla had $27.8 million of cash and cash equivalents. Net cash used in operating activities for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 was $9.8 million and $30.4 million, respectively, down 48% and 55%, respectively, from the same periods in 2019. Net cash used in operating activities for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020, excluding cash expenditures related to reductions in headcount and transaction costs associated with the Tetraphase acquisition, was $5.6 million and $21.6 million, respectively, down 70% and 67%, respectively, from the same periods in 2019. Cash expenditures related to reductions in headcount were $3.3 million and $7.9 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020, respectively, and zero and $2.3 million, respectively, for the same periods in 2019. Cash expenditures related to transaction costs associated with the Tetraphase acquisition were $0.9 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020.

"The third quarter was productive for La Jolla as we completed the integration of Tetraphase, increased net sales of both products compared to the prior quarter and increased our presence in the hospital," said Larry Edwards, President and Chief Executive Officer of La Jolla. "By leveraging the stronger platform that the combined company is providing, we are increasing patient and physician access to our two innovative therapies for life-threatening diseases."

About GIAPREZA

GIAPREZATM (angiotensin II) for injection is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a vasoconstrictor indicated to increase blood pressure in adults with septic or other distributive shock. GIAPREZA is approved by the European Commission (EC) for the treatment of refractory hypotension in adults with septic or other distributive shock who remain hypotensive despite adequate volume restitution and application of catecholamines and other available vasopressor therapies. GIAPREZA mimics the body’s endogenous angiotensin II peptide, which is central to the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system, which in turn regulates blood pressure. Prescribing information for GIAPREZA is available at http://www.giapreza.com. The European Summary of Product Characteristics is available on the EMA website: www.ema.europa.eu/en/medicines/human/EPAR/giapreza. GIAPREZA is marketed in the U.S. by La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company on behalf of La Jolla Pharma, LLC, its wholly owned subsidiary.

GIAPREZA Important Safety Information

Contraindications

None.

Warnings and Precautions

There is a potential for venous and arterial thrombotic and thromboembolic events in patients who receive GIAPREZA. Use concurrent venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis.

Adverse Reactions

The most common adverse reactions that were reported in greater than 10% of GIAPREZA-treated patients were thromboembolic events.

Drug Interactions

Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors may increase response to GIAPREZA. Angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) may reduce response to GIAPREZA.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

For additional information, please see Full Prescribing Information for the United States and the Summary of Product Characteristics for the European Union.

About XERAVA

XERAVATM (eravacycline) for injection is a novel fluorocycline of the tetracycline class of antibacterials that is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of complicated intra‑abdominal infections (cIAI) in patients 18 years of age and older. XERAVA is approved by the European Commission (EC) for the treatment of cIAI in adults. Prescribing information for XERAVA is available at www.xerava.com. XERAVA is marketed in the U.S. by Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of La Jolla.

XERAVA Important Safety Information

XERAVA is a tetracycline class antibacterial indicated for the treatment of complicated intra-abdominal infections in patients 18 years of age and older.

XERAVA is not indicated for the treatment of complicated urinary tract infections.

To reduce the development of drug-resistant bacteria and maintain the effectiveness of XERAVA and other antibacterial drugs, XERAVA should be used only to treat or prevent infections that are proven or strongly suspected to be caused by susceptible bacteria.

XERAVA is contraindicated for use in patients with known hypersensitivity to eravacycline, tetracycline-class antibacterial drugs or to any of the excipients. Life-threatening hypersensitivity (anaphylactic) reactions have been reported with XERAVA.

The use of XERAVA during tooth development (last half of pregnancy, infancy and childhood to the age of eight years) may cause permanent discoloration of the teeth (yellow-gray-brown) and enamel hypoplasia.

The use of XERAVA during the second and third trimester of pregnancy, infancy and childhood up to the age of eight years may cause reversible inhibition of bone growth.

Clostridium difficile associated diarrhea (CDAD) has been reported with use of nearly all antibacterial agents and may range in severity from mild diarrhea to fatal colitis.

The most common adverse reactions observed in clinical trials (incidence ≥ 3%) were infusion site reactions, nausea and vomiting.

XERAVA is structurally similar to tetracycline-class antibacterial drugs and may have similar adverse reactions. Adverse reactions including photosensitivity, pseudotumor cerebri and anti-anabolic action, which has led to increased blood urea nitrogen, azotemia, acidosis, hyperphosphatemia, pancreatitis and abnormal liver function tests, have been reported for other tetracycline-class antibacterial drugs, and may occur with XERAVA. Discontinue XERAVA if any of these adverse reactions are suspected.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

For additional information, please see Full Prescribing Information for the United States.

About La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company

La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company is dedicated to the development and commercialization of innovative therapies that improve outcomes in patients suffering from life-threatening diseases. GIAPREZA™ (angiotensin II) is approved by the U.S. FDA as a vasoconstrictor indicated to increase blood pressure in adults with septic or other distributive shock. XERAVA™ (eravacycline) is approved by the U.S. FDA for the treatment of complicated intra-abdominal infections. For more information, please visit www.ljpc.com.

Forward-looking Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" as defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. We caution investors that forward-looking statements are based on management’s expectations and assumptions as of the date of this press release and involve substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual outcomes to differ materially from what we currently expect. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those associated with: GIAPREZA™ (angiotensin II) and XERAVATM (eravacycline) sales; whether La Jolla will realize the benefits from the acquisition of Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; regulatory actions relating to La Jolla’s products by the U.S. FDA, European Commission and/or other regulatory authorities; the expected future cash flows of La Jolla; whether La Jolla can become cash flow positive and the timing for achieving this; and other risks and uncertainties identified in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements in this press release apply only as of the date made, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

LA JOLLA PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except par value and share amounts)

September 30,

December 31,

2020

2019

(Unaudited)

ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

27,760

$

87,820

Accounts receivable, net

3,929

2,960

Inventory, net

7,274

2,211

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

3,240

4,467

Total current assets

42,203

97,458

Property and equipment, net

284

18,389

Right-of-use lease assets

2,150

15,491

Restricted cash

699

909

Intangible assets, net

15,261

-

Goodwill

20,123

-

Total assets

$

80,720

$

132,247

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ DEFICIT

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

3,928

$

4,177

Accrued expenses

7,683

9,312

Accrued payroll and related expenses

6,164

8,332

Lease liabilities, current portion

985

2,766

Total current liabilities

18,760

24,587

Lease liabilities, less current portion

1,249

26,481

Deferred royalty obligation, net

124,421

124,379

Other noncurrent liabilities

21,805

12,790

Total liabilities

$

166,235

$

188,237

Commitments and contingencies (Note 6)

Shareholders’ deficit:

Common Stock, $0.0001 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized, 27,378,048 and 27,195,469 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively

3

3

Series C-12 Convertible Preferred Stock, $0.0001 par value; 11,000 shares authorized, 3,906 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019; and liquidation preference of $3,906 at September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019

3,906

3,906

Additional paid-in capital

983,850

977,432

Accumulated deficit

(1,073,274

)

(1,037,331

)

Total shareholders’ deficit

(85,515

)

(55,990

)

Total liabilities and shareholders’ deficit

$

80,720

$

132,247

LA JOLLA PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)
(in thousands, except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

September 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

Revenue

Net product sales

$

9,072

$

5,706

$

22,468

$

15,804

Total revenue

9,072

5,706

22,468

15,804

Operating expenses

Cost of product sales

2,489

554

4,013

1,605

Research and development

3,617

21,182

21,581

64,469

Selling, general and administrative

12,493

10,782

29,322

34,425

Total operating expenses

18,599

32,518

54,916

100,499

Loss from operations

(9,527

)

(26,812

)

(32,448

)

(84,695

)

Other income (expense)

Interest expense

(2,526

)

(2,863

)

(7,402

)

(8,398

)

Interest income

12

501

234

1,818

Other income—related party

-

-

4,085

-

Other expense (expense)

281

-

(412

)

-

Total other income (expense), net

(2,233

)

(2,362

)

(3,495

)

(6,580

)

Net loss

$

(11,760

)

$

(29,174

)

$

(35,943

)

$

(91,275

)

Net loss per share, basic and diluted

$

(0.43

)

$

(1.08

)

$

(1.32

)

$

(3.37

)

Weighted-average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted

27,368

27,135

27,311

27,093

LA JOLLA PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited)
(in thousands)

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

2020

2019

Operating activities

Net loss

$

(35,943

)

$

(91,275

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used for operating activities:

Share-based compensation expense

5,385

19,522

Depreciation expense

2,155

3,408

Inventory fair value step-up adjustment included in cost of product sales

1,186

-

Amortization of intangible assets

259

-

Amortization of right-of-use lease assets

1,091

969

Non-cash interest expense

5,339

6,971

Loss on short-term investments

502

-

Loss on disposal of property and equipment, net of gain on lease termination

59

15

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable, net

218

(36

)

Inventory, net

(1,482

)

110

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

2,445

328

Accounts payable

(1,649

)

(3,234

)

Accrued expenses

(5,786

)

(332

)

Accrued payroll and related expenses

(2,168

)

(2,391

)

Lease liabilities

(1,969

)

(1,873

)

Net cash used for operating activities

(30,358

)

(67,818

)

Investing activities

Acquisition of Tetraphase, net of cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash acquired

(33,513

)

-

Proceeds from the sale of property and equipment

3,070

-

Purchases of property and equipment

-

(679

)

Proceeds from the sale of short-term investments

2,497

-

Purchases of short-term investments

(2,999

)

-

Net cash used for investing activities

(30,945

)

(679

)

Financing activities

Net proceeds from issuance of common stock under 2013 Equity Plan

605

-

Net proceeds from issuance of common stock under ESPP

428

661

Net cash provided by financing activities

1,033

661

Net decrease in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

(60,270

)

(67,836

)

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of period

88,729

173,513

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period

$

28,459

$

105,677

Supplemental disclosure of non-cash investing and financing activities

Conversion of Series F Convertible Preferred Stock into common stock

$

-

$

2,737

Cumulative-effect adjustment from adoption of ASU 2018-07

$

-

$

(160

)

Initial recognition of right-of-use lease asset

$

-

$

16,798

Reconciliation of cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash to the condensed consolidated balance sheets

Cash and cash equivalents

$

27,760

$

104,768

Restricted cash

699

909

Total cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

$

28,459

$

105,677

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Contacts

Michael Hearne
Chief Financial Officer
La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company
(858) 333-5769
mhearne@ljpc.com